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2016/17 English League Championship, 2016/2017 English League Championship
  • Sam Gallagher (71')
  • Tammy Abraham (14')

Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Bristol City

Sam Gallagher's second-half header earned Blackburn a 1-1 draw against Bristol City to salvage what could prove a crucial point in the relegation battle.
Rovers looked to be heading for a second feeble home defeat in succession following Tammy Abraham's 25th goal of the season in the 14th minute.
Tony Mowbray's side looked devoid of ideas and the Robins could have added to their advantage through Matty Taylor and Abraham, but Gallagher headed home a 71st-minute leveller to leave Rovers one point from safety with three games remaining.
City have only won one of their last 17 away league games, but are four points ahead of the drop zone.
Both sides opted for unchanged line-ups after victories in their last games.
The hosts conceded from City's first attack when Abraham sprung the offside trap to latch on to Jamie Paterson's through-ball and his nonchalant flick from 12 yards evaded David Raya.
Blackburn responded with a first effort of their own, but Gallagher's header was easy for goalkeeper Frank Fielding.
It was the visitors who looked more likely to add to the scoring as Josh Brownhill and Paterson forced routine saves from Raya, who then had to be alert to dive low down to his left to thwart Korey Smith's 30-yard drive half an hour in.
Abraham could have added to his impressive tally before the break when Tommie Hoban's headed clearance fell invitingly to him, but he volleyed wildly over.
Blackburn's best chance of the half came in the final minute when the ball ricocheted kindly to Hope Akpan, but his effort was tame.
The Robins should have doubled their lead minutes after the restart when Brownhill's superb flick took him clear of two Rovers players, but Taylor blazed the cutback over when well placed.
Raya kept his team in the game in the 58th minute with a stunning save to deny Abraham, whose close-range effort from Paterson's pass looked destined for the net until the sprawling goalkeeper intervened.
Brownhill shot straight at Raya soon after and the visitors were made to pay in the 71st minute when Elliott Bennett's deep cross was met at the back post by Gallagher, who skilfully guided his header back across goal for his 12th of the season.
The goal have Blackburn a lift and Jason Lowe lashed a 25-yard drive just wide before Gallagher saw a penalty appeal waved away after he went down under the attention of Smith.
The hosts could not force a winner, but the draw felt like a point gained.
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English League Championship Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 12 +10 26
2 Cardiff City 12 +7 24
3 Sheffield United 12 +6 24
4 Bristol City 12 +9 21
5 Preston North End 12 +7 21
6 Leeds United 12 +6 20
7 Aston Villa 12 +5 19
8 Norwich City 12 -2 19
9 Fulham 12 +4 18
10 Ipswich Town 11 +3 18
11 Middlesbrough 12 +4 17
12 Sheffield Wednesday 12 +2 16
13 Derby County 11 +2 16
14 Nottingham Forest 12 -6 15
15 Queens Park Rangers 12 -1 14
16 Hull City 12 +3 13
17 Millwall 12 0 13
18 Brentford 12 -1 12
19 Barnsley 11 -2 12
20 Reading 11 -2 12
21 Birmingham City 12 -11 11
22 Burton Albion 12 -17 10
23 Sunderland 12 -9 8
24 Bolton Wanderers 12 -17 5

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